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10k jumps or coach jumps? I think someone with 100 jumps WOULD be as good of a coach - they were JUST there and they remember the fears. 10k jumps are sometimes too removed.



Well, we will just have to disagree.
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Agreed to disagree :-) I will, however, keep your words in the back of my mind.

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I believe that is the exact reason a teacher starts out as a student teacher. Watch the teacher, teach one or two parts of the lesson, grade a set of papers, etc. Then after a time as a student teacher one gets to be a teacher. Coach = student teacher. Instructor = teacher.
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Coach = student teacher. Instructor = teacher.



In skydiving, a coach teaches recreational skills (eg. levels, proximity, tracking). An instructor teaches lifesaving skills (eg. AFF, deployment, emergency procedures). At least that's how the distinction breaks down here in Canada. A certified coach should be a teacher in their own right.

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It takes years of training to become a 1st grade teacher or a 6th grade teacher or a high school teacher. It's absurd to think a 3 day coach course imparts much in the way of pedagogical skills. Even to suggest that it could is absurd.



Gotta start somewhere.



Absolutely, but anyone who thinks they become a teacher by taking a weekend course is only fooling himself (or herself).
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The three day coaches' course is not all that goes into learning to be a coach. Jumps (whether enough are done or not is the real question), information gleaned from talking to other jumpers, actually reading the SIMs, and the Ratings Manual. Attending the FJC as a jumper and learning to teach part of that before the course, those are the things that make up a coach course. The attitude of "Three days ago I couldn't spell coach and today I are one" is a fool's attitude.

And to think of ourselves as instructors or teachers with just a coach course and >100 jumps is fooling ourselves as well. We are learners helping learners apply the lessons our instructors have taught us both.
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I will throw my 2c in, on cameras and coaching.

When I was a student doing instructional jumps and coach jumps, I really liked the video debrief. I would specifically search out ratings-holders who flew camera to jump with me. I felt at $60-70 a jump, a video debrief and a rip on to my laptop as a souvenir was not too much to ask.

So at the time I remember telling myself, when I am coaching, I will video my students. I think if you are going to get paid to coach, it would be something to consider. If you are coach jumping for fun or to pay it forward, well, the student gets what they paid for.
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Absolutely, but anyone who thinks they become a teacher by taking a weekend course is only fooling himself (or herself).



Probably a good thing the weekend courses are producing coaches instead of teachers then, huh?



I could have sworn that a coach can teach the general sections of the FJC.
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I could have sworn that a coach can teach the general sections of the FJC.



Little League baseball coaches can teach hitting and catching and pitching. Does that make them teachers? Or are they coaches?

If there is a serious lack in the amount of pedagogical training that USPA coaches are receiving, wouldn't it be neato if some jumpers with experience in education who think that a lack exists stepped up and offered to make the program better?

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I could have sworn that a coach can teach the general sections of the FJC.



Little League baseball coaches can teach hitting and catching and pitching. Does that make them teachers? Or are they coaches?

If there is a serious lack in the amount of pedagogical training that USPA coaches are receiving, wouldn't it be neato if some jumpers with experience in education who think that a lack exists stepped up and offered to make the program better?



Well, that would require some acknowledgment by the skydiving community that those with real experience in education actually know how to teach. Previous threads have shown that the opposite is the case.

Interestingly, candidates to be FAA "Certificated Flight Instructors", or CFIs, who are professional educators are exempted from the pedagogical requirement of that rating.
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Well, that would require some acknowledgment by the skydiving community that those with real experience in education actually know how to teach. Previous threads have shown that the opposite is the case.



If those who post here were the entire skydiving community, you'd have a good point. But we're not. We're just the ones with loud keyboards and too much time on our hands.

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Ron, come to Lodi, $10 jumps every Sunday!



Yeah, but the 400 dollar plane ticket from FL would not exactly save me money in the long run;)
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